Non-standard sourcing methods – deliberate typos

Did you happen to encounter a typo on your LD Candidate profile? Me yes! I wondered how many people do typos on purpose to reduce the number of job offer messages they receive? I started looking! The results of my search led me to the conclusion that I can use intentional typos for sourcing!

Examples of intentional typos in IT:

  1. Java Devloper → link
  2. Python Devloper → link
  3. Devloper → link
  4. dotnet Developer → link

Use of deliberate typos in sourcing

You can use intentional typos when conducting sourcing. How? Include a typo, for example, in the job title or in the name of the required or required technologies. Intentional misspellings can also work in a message to candidates. Who can resist the temptation to point out someone’s mistake? I know from my own experience that you will get attention if you get someone’s name wrong or make a grammatical error.

There is enormous room for maneuvering and an infinite number of combinations. Of course, remember not to offend or insult anyone. This might be one of the quite controvercional and non-standard sourcing methods, but it can have a positive effect.

Advantages of intentional typos

What you can expect, of course, is an increased response rate. Deliberate typo in a message is an unusual way to start a conversation, but one of the advantages of intentional typos is that we are memorable for the candidate. We draw attention to ourselves by showing our human side, we too make mistakes. This is an opportunity to get off the tone and show your human face. We can turn the whole situation into a joke.

Disadvantages of intentional typos

Of course, intentional typos come with certain disadvantaes. There is a risk that we will inadvertently offend someone – if we get the name wrong. There is also a chance that it will come out that we threw something across “copy”+”paste”, which can strain the recruiter’s good image and credibility and may not be beneficial when building relationships.

Certainly, the method of using intentional typos should not be at the forefront of a recruiter’s daily professional practice. However, this is something different and experimental, which can ultimately have a positive effect. It is also important to keep in mind the risks that need to be analyzed and make sure that we do not offend anyone.

Natalia Szubert

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